This is my second build (first was 4 years ago). I decided to go with a larger case for better airflow and cooling management.
My components are as follows:
Lian Li PC-S80A
Lian Li CR-35B (50-1 card reader)
Lian Li TR-3B (LED Temp Monitor & Fan Control)
ASUS P5E3 Deluxe Wi-fi
Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad-core
Kingston HyperX DDR3 PC3-1100 Memory (2 x 1GB)
MSI 8600GTS 512MB
Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA
Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS 750GB SATA
Scythe Ninja Plus B
Seasonic M12 Modular 600 Watt PSU
Windows XP Pro SP2
Samsung 2232GW 22" Widescreen 2ms 3000:1 1680x1050
Creative 7.1 Channels 24-Bit SoundBlaster X-Fi Platinum Fatality Champion Series
Picture of the open case before removing the integrated shroud for the processor. I reversed the fan on the rear of the case from intake to exhaust so that the airflow enters from the front twin 120mm fans, with each fan blowing over and under a hard drive, then the 120mm fan on the Ninja blows towards the back of the case and the rear 120 mm fan exhausts, as well as an 80mm fan located above the powersupply and the powersupply fan exhausts as well. The rear has a silencing shroud over the exhaust fans to help quiet as well. I can hear air movement at the back of my computer desk, but it is nominal. No vibrations.
After installation of the items in the front bays:
Front of the case with the door open showing cd/dvd burner, temp & fan controller, card reader and front sound ports:
Picture of the installed hard drives:
The ASUS motherboard, with the wireless feature that made setting up a breeze, as it easily connected with my wireless (FIOS) network router located upstairs so I could install software, update everything and test, all wirelessly:
Ninja installed with fan:
Wiring up the drives, power supply and front ports:
Up and running, note the solution I came up with to run that stupid flat ribbon cable that Creative still uses to connect the front drive to the sound card, I just ran it over the Ninja fan and turned it to connect to the card and it doesn't block any airflow. I also ran alot of the cabling along the front corner (as you are looking at the picture) of the hard drive tower to keep the cabling out of the airflow.
Running stock with no overclocking, I average 36c at the CPU and 37c at the rear fan on the temperature, with the front and rear fans running about 1050 rpm and the CPU fan running at 1250 to 1300 rpm. Again, no vibrations, as the hard drives and fans are all rubber grommet mounted.